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Old 07-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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Bad meat?

Hi all. I'm trying to figure out something that happened to me last night. I came home from work, ready to cook a dinner I'd been planning. I asked my boyfriend to pick up some steak, which he did, and he had been home about an hour earlier than me. Anyway, when I started to cook, I took a look at the piece of steak he bought, and I immediately rejected it, as it had large green splotches all over it, and it looked like it had a translucent film on the top in some places. I was very upset because it was too late to go out and buy more. It smelled like nothing, meaning, it didn't smell like fresh meat, nor did it smell bad. I had to ditch my whole dinner plan and order some burgers.
My boyfriend wasn't sure, but he said he thought that the meat might be alright and that it might have just been discolored in the fridge. I wasn't going to risk getting food poisoning, however.
So can anybody tell me, did I do the right thing or did I waste a perfectly good piece of steak?

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Old 07-03-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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You did the right thing. Green on meat is not good. Odd that it did not smell, but that can happen I suppose.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:30 PM   #3
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First off, Welcome to DC, sahdOw
Second, when in doubt, throw it out!
No, actually, I would have returned it to the store.
But good instincts.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:35 PM   #4
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Oh thank you so much for the quick replies!! It's been weighing on my conscience all day lol. And now I can give him a big "told you so!" as well ;) But I'm really glad I didn't risk our health for the sake of a dinner I can make any other day.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:37 PM   #5
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I'm really glad I didn't risk our health for the sake of a dinner I can make any other day.
Perfectly said!!!
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:39 PM   #6
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I don't think I would continue shopping at a store that sold meat with green splotches on it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:08 PM   #7
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Mind if I ask something related to this? I have four steaks in the fridge crisper that I want to slice up, cook, season, and freeze for future stir fry. I looked at them and the date says July 5, and they smell fine, but there is some discoloration - some parts of them have turned brown. Is that only because of the oxygen, or do I have bad meat?
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:27 PM   #8
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but there is some discoloration - some parts of them have turned brown. Is that only because of the oxygen, or do I have bad meat?
It's fine. Just discoloration from exposure to the air.
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:27 PM   #9
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OK, thanks!!! :)
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:09 AM   #10
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Sometimes I find discoloration on meat I just bought from (a reputable) store, as if areas of it have been cooked already. I see it especially in ground beef. An hunk of the meat will be grey as if it were zapped in a microwave. Sometimes the insides of a steak will be that way and I've always wondered if it's because they irradiate their meat or something.
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